neerajnarayan Horsemen of Mount Bromo. Pictured here is one of the family of a Horsemen. They have limited access to school, medical or any governmental support. It's a tough life in the rough terrain. 4d

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neerajnarayan Horsemen of Mount Bromo. Tough terrain and mountainous region kept the Tengger people isolated and to preserve their culture, language and religion. However, in the past few decades, due to over-population in East Java, new settlers have exploited the Tenggerese land by clearing some of their nature reserves for land and converted 2-3% (up to 10,000 of them) of the Tenggerese to Islam in the process, particularly those living in the more accessible areas in the lowlands just outside the Tengger range.
The remaining Hindu Tenggerese asked the Balinese Hindus for help by reforming their culture and religion closer to the Balinese. The Indonesian government finally declared the Tengger mountains as the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru national park, and has also declared that any more logging in this area is an illegal act.
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neerajnarayan Horsemen of Mount Bromo: A sunglasses hawker setting up his shop as a Horseman passes by..in the mirror. It's an unique landscape and these Horsemen are part of the Landscape. More to come! 5d

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neerajnarayan Horsemen of Mount Bromo. Come August, Hindu festival of Yadnya Kasada, these Tenggerese people make offerings of fruit, rice, vegetables, flowers and sacrifices of livestock to the mountain gods by throwing them into the caldera of the volcano. 6d

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neerajnarayan Horsemen of Mount Bromo on one early morning soliciting tourists who are ferried by Jeeps.. 7d

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neerajnarayan Horsemen waiting early in the morning for the tourist. Jeeps will ferry the tourists from near by hotels. Tourist have to take a 4 wheel drive Jeeps to get here. These Horsemen will take the tourist half way to the crater..earning USD 10 a trip. 7d

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neerajnarayan Horsemen of Mount Bromo - These Horsemen of Mount Bromo are Tenggerese. The Tenggerese or Tengger people are an ethnic minority in eastern Java who claim to be the descendants of the Majapahit princes. Their population of roughly 600,000 is centered in thirty villages in the isolated Tengger mountains (Mount Bromo) within the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East-Central Java ( Wikipedia ) 1w

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neerajnarayan Horsemen of Bromo- These Horsemen die prematurely and have low life expectancy due to exposure to toxic volcano fumes and sulfur. This teenage horsemen brought me and my photography equipment stuff to the crater.. I came here the crater late in the evening to avoid the tourist rush.. It was a chilly evening and combined with the sulfur fumes.. It was impossible to breath. To be continued .. 1w

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neerajnarayan Caught in the act.. Making a photo documentary on this unique tribe of Horsemen. These Tenggerese Horsemen live on the edge of a magnificent million-year-old caldera with four dormant and active volcanic peaks. Mount Bromo is one of the active volcanoes in Indonesia. For centuries, the Tenggerese lived off the rich volcano soil with substance farming, horses only came to the land 200 hundred years ago and became an integral part of the Tenggerese culture.
When Islam took over Java in the 1500s some of the Hindu people didn't care to convert. So, they fled up into the haunted mountains around Mount Bromo & Semeru knowing that few would dare to follow them there. After hundreds of years having little contact with the Muslim Javanese living all around them, the Tenggerese language & culture became unique in Java. The Tenggerese live in these mountains following an unusual mix of Hinduism, Buddhism & animism. Eventually outsiders opened roads to spectacular Mount Bromo. Then Tenggerese men found they could eek out a living by renting horses to tourists who wanted to ride to Mount Bromo.
More to come!!
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neerajnarayan Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself - George Bernard Shaw 1w

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neerajnarayan Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator God! 1w

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neerajnarayan I want you to know that it’s our time
You and me bleed the same light
I want you to know that I’m all yours
You and me run the same course
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neerajnarayan You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream - C. S. Lewis 1w

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neerajnarayan The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters - Galileo Galilei 2w

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neerajnarayan I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars - Stephenie Meyer 2w

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neerajnarayan There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them - Jo Walton 2w

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neerajnarayan Weekend self love !! This is unedited IPhone Photography! The pristine environment and high contrast colors of the landscape will amaze you!! 2w

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neerajnarayan At the largest volcanic complex in the world..check out the fresh eruption in the background.. Humble IPhone photography! #iphoneonly 2w

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